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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    Yeah....almost as big a waste as asking others why your hives failed while you are clueless about their mite loads.
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    Four hives out of four?

    I am not sure how every collapse conversation draws those who insist that varroa can't be part of the equation.
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    Yes. I've read those posts too. Unfortunately, testing after the collapse can be extremely misleading. The real test is what was the level when the bees began producing winter brood. I wouldn't...
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    I'm glad someone else said it.:)
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    Maybe I missed it but I don't recall you mentioning any varroa control strategy.
    Do you have one?
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    Re: SHB populations low this year?

    A healthy, queenright colony of bees is tremendously aggressive at keeping nest invaders out of the brood nest. Under ordinary conditions shb will lay their eggs in capped brood cells or cells...
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    Re: SHB populations low this year?

    A dangerous assumption if you saw an shb larva. Evidently....at least one has successfully laid eggs in the brood nest.
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    I think all you can do is make sure you go into the winter with a large, healthy (low mites) cluster and plenty of stores. If all of those conditions are met, then you shouldn't have more than an...
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    Re: Pesticide bee kill?

    Do you have other hives at the same location? If so, are they showing any symptoms?
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    Re: How is the sourwood so far?

    Yeah. As I drove up to my NC yard yesterday I saw that they were pretty much done. Some still showing around Clayton.
    Did you make a good surplus?
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    Re: How is the sourwood so far?

    There's also a link to photos in post number 23
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    Re: How is the sourwood so far?

    Mine began opening in the past ten days. I'm guessing we should have at least two more weeks.
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    Re: How is the sourwood so far?

    They're going gangbusters now! Loads of new wax. Barring bears or some other calamity....I'm thinkin' that it's going to be a good season.
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    Re: what % of colonies are productive?

    For me, I find that even relatively aggressive splitting doesn't always suppress the impulse to swarm. When I'm on my game, I go through each and every hive...top to bottom....beginning in March and...
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    Re: what % of colonies are productive?

    My general rules of thumb. I can split a hive in the spring. Some more than once. It depends on how quickly they are building up. The important thing is to have a good laying queen, plenty of brood...
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    Re: SHB populations low this year?

    Yep...not so many....but enough.
    I've pulled a couple of slimed hives this week. Most likely went queenless and I failed to notice. Even in the slimed hives, with thousands of shb larvae, there were...
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    Re: Please help dont know what to do.

    Why would they? The same issues exist. They need to keep the interior of the nest around 95F. Adding a truckload of bees and all of their biological heat isn't going to help....rain or shine.
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    Re: SHB larva on ground, attacked by ants?

    As pointed out by an earlier poster, if you are seeing shb larvae on the ground near your hives......there is already a problem.
    So either
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  19. Re: How to get bees in the hive so I can move the hive...

    If you're moving them after dark, you shouldn't need to block the entrance....assuming that you're using a pickup truck or open trailer. Strap the hive so that it doesn't come apart, a bit of smoke,...
  20. On the natural cell size of European honey bees

    In conclusion, the claim that cells were smaller in the past is not only not supported by the historical records, but rests on a distortion of the historical records resulting from an incorrect...
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    Re: Dr. Jeffery Pettis Steps Down

    Sometimes people with a passion for active research find administration unfulfilling.
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    Re: Feeding pollen

    Where would you get this pollen? If I wasn't absolutely certain of the pollen source and still felt the need to feed, I'd use a sub.
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    Re: Maxant No Drip Valve

    Drip or not....it beats the daylights out of a honey gate.
    Now that I've noticed who the op is.....I'm wondering if this might not be some backdoor method to introduce a new product. Tell me it...
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    Re: How Do You Spell Honey?

    My season is shaping up to be the best I've seen in.....well....ever.
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    Re: Bearding status

    Not necessarily. Surely, once a dearth is on, temps are high and there are many unemployed foragers there'll be more bearding. At the same time, sometimes, depending on what might be blooming, nectar...
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